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Smuttynose Robust Porter | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter.This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.

43 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,663
Reviews:
1,090
Ratings:
2,732
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
199
Gots:
463
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,732 |  Reviews: 1,090
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, close to motor oil black, with a very thick tan head. The head slowly fades and leaves a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S: There is a nice amount of roasted malt and chocolate in the smell of the beer. There is also a slight bit of coffee and some alcohol.

T: This is a very nice porter. The roasted flavors explode in my mouth and are just amazing. There is a lot of chocolate and coffee, just like the smell and even a nice sweetness. A very nice tasting beer.

M: This to me is nothing special. It kind of burns going down and its very smooth.

O: I really enjoy this beer. The smell and tastes are well above average and it has the perfect amount of alcohol.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention and some film

Smell: Roasted malt coffee and licorice

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malt with a fair amount of ash. The backend has some muted chocolate and coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Just a bit thinner than medium and mildly carbonated

Overall: A very nice robust porter. Good flavor but I wish there was a bit more to it it is a bit of a 1 way st.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a light brown, frothy head. Some lacing. Pretty appealing looking beer.

Nice, smooth, sweet malty aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

Roasted malt flavor throughout. A slightly metallic sharp flavor up front with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is too fizzy for my taste, and this style. Bitterness Lingers.

A decent porter. I expected more in the flavor and mouthfeel department.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer I have ever had that truly earns a perfect score. Perfect coffee-milk colored head, with a dark, rich body that is very opaque. Only complaint is a simple aesthetic: I would love to see a little mahogany around the edges, but this is dark dark through and through. Smell is a perfect blend of chocolaty sweetness and freshly roasted espresso. Taste toes the same line. It is actually quite roasty, but the smooth chocolaty wash that moves from front to back of the mouth to keep it all together. Mouthfeel is not too heavy so that it doesn't become desert like, but full bodied indeed. It finishes almost dry, like a fresh shot of espresso.

Absolutely phenomenal. This is just an example of how to do something simple, but to perfection. This isn't high grav, this isn't aged in oak, this isn't brewed with coffee, this is just beer and it is every bit as exciting and flavorful as anything. Hats off to the Smutty Robust Porter.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark verging on black in color, can barely see through some of the edges. One and a half finger tan head that sticks around and leaves decent lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts a touch of hops and some chocolate and coffee.

T - You initially get dark roasted malt flavor that then goes to slight hop flavor and after a few seconds the coffee and chocolate come and say hello. Very nice use of hops that doesn't overpower the beer or the other flavors of the beer.

M - Medium verging on full bodied with a touch of carbonation.

O - Great porter that I'd recommend to anyone.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, nearly black color. A bit of ruby highlights around the edges. A towering tan head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet toffee. Slightly astringent, but not bad.
T: Big milk chocolate flavor, toasted bread, roasted malt, but not astringent at all. Sweet toffee. This is a classic porter. Excellent.
M/D: Medium to full body with good carbonation. Very smooth. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

An excellent porter. One of my favorites in the US. Pretty much perfect for the style. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Smuttynose Robust Porter from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,732 ratings
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